New IEEE Award Sponsored by Toyota Recognizes Environmental and Safety Technologies

The IEEE Foundation recently announced that Toyota Motor Corporation has donated US$300,000 to support a new IEEE award, the IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies. This award will recognize outstanding accomplishments in the application of technology in the IEEE fields of interest that improve the environment and/or public safety. Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to sponsor this award for ten years, with the first presentation scheduled for 2010.

The IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies is relevant to a wide community including intelligent transportation systems, wireless communications, sensor networks control, control and automation, computing and signal processing.

Toyota’s sponsorship supports the awarding of this IEEE Medal to an individual recipient, or a team of recipients up to three in number, each year for the years 2010 through 2019. The award consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate and honorarium. To learn more about this visit IEEE Awards Web site.

IEEE Foundation Awards US$66,500 in Grants

US$66,500 in grants was awarded to three initiatives at the November 2008 IEEE Foundation Board meeting. University activities, historical preservation and projects that foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity are supported by this set of geographically vast grants. To see the full list of grants awarded in 2008, visit the Grants Awarded in 2008 Web page.

Through the awarding of these and other project grants, the IEEE Foundation supports a cross-section of programs that seek to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.  The next grant application deadline is 24 April 2009. To learn more the IEEE Foundation and its grantmaking program, visit the Apply for Grant Web page.

IRA Charitable Rollover Renewed

The IRA charitable rollover provision was extended through 2009 within the U.S. as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 enacted during Oct 2008. The “rollover” provision permits U.S. IRA owners age, 70½ and older, to make tax-free charitable distributions up to $100,000 per year from their IRAs directly to eligible charities, such as the IEEE Foundation. Charitable distributions from an IRA can be used to satisfy the annual IRA required minimum distribution. Visit the IEEE Foundation Web site to learn more.

IEEE Foundation Awards Almost US$100,000 in New Grants

Almost US$100,000 was awarded to four new project grants by the IEEE Foundation during its June 2008 meeting. These grants are expected to encourage engineers to take an active role in humanitarian projects, develop museum exhibits featuring science and technology, and help students in Turkey better utilize internship opportunities. To see the full list of grants awarded in 2008, visit the Grants Awarded in 2008 Web page.

Through the awarding of these and other project grants, the IEEE Foundation supports a cross-section of programs that seek to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. To learn more the IEEE Foundation and its grantmaking program, visit the How to Apply for Grant Web page.

Nokia Renews Sponsorship of IEEE Internet Award

The IEEE Foundation is pleased to announce that Nokia has renewed its sponsorship of the IEEE Internet Award. This renewal extends Nokia’s long standing sponsorship, which began in 1999 when the Award was established, through 2019.

The IEEE Internet Award may be given annually in recognition of exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology for network architecture, mobility and/or end-use applications. The prize items include a bronze medal, certificate and cash honorarium. To learn more about this and other IEEE Awards visit http://www.ieee.org/awards.

2008 IEEE Daniel J. Senese Memorial Scholarship Awarded

Sohum Bhatt has been selected as the second recipient of the IEEE Daniel J. Senese Memorial Scholarship. Bhatt, a senior at Piscataway High School, Piscataway, NJ, USA, plans to use his US$1,000 scholarship toward a degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

The IEEE Daniel J. Senese Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 as a tribute to the memory of former IEEE Executive Director, Daniel J. Senese. Made possible by the generosity of Senese’s friends, colleagues and the IEEE, this scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving Piscataway High School graduating senior enrolled in an accredited college or university, who is majoring in a field of interest of the IEEE. Piscataway High School is located a few blocks down the street from the IEEE Operations Center where Senese worked for nine years. The IEEE Foundation is honored to administer the fund that supports this Scholarship.

2008 IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Awarded

The 2008 IEEE Presidents' Scholarship winner is Harikrishna Rallapalli, a 16 year old high school sophomore from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA, USA. Rallapalli was selected from over 1,550 students from 51 countries at the 2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Atlanta, GA from 11 to 17 May. Rallapalli was inspired to create his project, entitled "Low-Cost Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscopy,” after he asked a teacher for a demo of Brownian motion and she informed him that they could not afford the US$30,000 cost for a demo. He worked to design an inexpensive alternative microscope for classrooms. In recognition of his project, Rallapalli received a US$10,000 scholarship payable over four years, which he will use to attend the college of his choice and major in an IEEE-related field. Rallapalli hopes to attend Stanford University as a Biophysics or Premed student.

The IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship, administered by the IEEE Educational Activities, recognizes a deserving student for an outstanding project in a field of interest of the IEEE presented during the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. To ensure this important scholarship will continue to be presented, the IEEE Foundation General Fund will match dollar-for-dollar all donations, up to a total of US$100,000, made to the IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Fund through 2009. To date over US$60,000 in cash and pledges have been received. By answering the challenge and making a gift to the IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Fund, donors are helping to ensure that future generations of engineers have the resources they need to pursue their academic goals and engineering dreams. To make a gift, click here…

Weather Radar Exhibit Unveiled

Weather Radar Station Exhibit at the Cradle of Aviation Museum - photo credit Pat BlumleinA new Weather Radar Exhibit, funded by the IEEE Foundation, was unveiled at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York, USA on 9 May 2008. Using simulated-radar technologies, the exhibit allows visitors to have a hands-on experience, in which they can experiment with measuring the intensity of various weather scenarios. The exhibit contains moving representations of different rain intensities, a pulsed radar beam, audio/visual instructions and statements about their proficiency.

Dr. David E. Weissman, IEEE Life Fellow and Professor at Hofstra University, worked with Prof. Fred Blumlein and his students from the Pratt Institute, and officials from the Museum to create the exhibit. Assistance was also provided by the Scientific Officer from the U.S. National Weather Service’s New York City Office. Weissman says. “The goal of this project is two-fold. First is to help young museum visitors develop an interest in engineering and design by interacting with a simulated weather radar station exhibit. Secondly, to demonstrate the benefits of the partnership between leading experts from professional societies (myself from IEEE/GRSS) and museum professionals to create state-of-the-art content for moderate sized museums. This exhibit accomplishes both goals admirably.” The exhibit is expected to remain at the Cradle of Aviation Museum indefinitely.

Women at Work Museum Presents Panel of Female Engineers

The Women at Work Museum, which received a grant from the IEEE Foundation in 2007, presented a panel of female engineers at the Museum in Attleboro, MA, USA, on 19 March 2008. The panelists discussed career choices, challenges and opportunities for young women interested in the field. The keynote speaker on the panel was Dr. Karen Panetta of Tufts University and Chair IEEE Women in Engineering Committee. Girls ages 10 and up attended to learn more about the engineering profession. The panel coincided with the opening of a traveling exhibit, which includes displays and activities that illustrate the importance of engineering and showcase the achievements of women engineers throughout history.

IEEE Foundation Awards over US$170,000 in Grants

Nine initiatives were awarded over US$170,000 in grant funds during the March 2008 IEEE Foundation Board meeting.  The grants support pre-university activities, preserving history, using technology to address societal needs, exploring alternate sources of energy, participating in robotics competitions, and improving technological literacy.

Through the awarding of these and other project grants, the IEEE Foundation supports a cross-section of programs that seek to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. To learn more the IEEE Foundation and its grantmaking program, visit the Apply for Grant Web page.

Life Members Fund to Continue Support of LM Fellowship

The IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC) affirmed its commitment to supporting projects from the IEEE Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation that are beneficial to engineering students by extending its support of the IEEE Life Members Graduate Student Fellowship in Electrical Engineering through 2013. Established in 2000 with support from the LMC, this fellowship is bestowed by the IEEE Board of Directors. It is awarded annually to a first year, full-time graduate student obtaining his/her Masters for work in the area of electrical engineering, at an engineering school/program of recognized standing worldwide. The award carries a stipend of US$10,000 per year and is renewable for one additional year, based on demonstrated satisfactory academic performance.

The 2008/2009 recipient of the IEEE Life Members Graduate Student Fellowship in Electrical Engineering is Andrea Pellegrini. Pellegrini is attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He is pursuing a Masters degree and subsequently a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering with a focus on reliable computer architecture. He hopes that his work “will greatly benefit not only the electronics industry, but also society at large”.

IEEE Milestone Site Now Visible on the Web

You can now find the location of IEEE Milestones right from your home. The IEEE Milestones Program Web page recently added a feature that allows visitors to view IEEE Milestone locations by providing them with addresses, maps, and satellite images from Yahoo!Maps. IEEE Member and Geographic Activities and the IEEE History Center collaborated on the project as an experiment to find out how combinations of IEEE data and other sources can be used to create an integrated tool enhancing IEEE's Web presence. It is believed that being able to visit milestone locations online -- especially visually dramatic ones such as Mt. Fuji Radar and the Arecibo Radio Telescope -- will add extra interest to the Milestones Program and encourage more visitors to these locations. The new map/satellite page can be found at milestonemaps.ieee.org.

IEEE History Center Produces Its First Video Oral History

The IEEE History Center created its first ever video oral history.  Jerry Minter of Denville, NJ, USA, an IEEE Life Fellow, was the subject of the video.  Michael Geselowitz, Director of the IEEE History Center, conducted the oral history with the assistance of Howard Leach of the North Jersey Section.  The video was recorded at Minter’s corporation, Components Corporation, by a professional film crew.  A few of the topics discussed during the video oral history include how one of Minter’s signal generators was at Pearl Harbor on the day of the attack, the controversy over mechanical versus human failure, and the formation of the North Jersey Subsection.  The full transcript of the oral history is available on the IEEE History Center Web site. The video history can be viewed beginning in February 2008 on IEEE.tv in the public access section. 

Intel Chairman Emeritus Gordon Moore to Receive 2008 IEEE Medal of Honor

Gordon E. Moore, chairman of the board, emeritus, at Intel Corporation, has been named as the recipient of the 2008 IEEE Medal of Honor, which is sponsored by the IEEE Foundation. Moore will be presented with the award 20 September 2008 at the IEEE Honors Ceremony to be held in conjunction with the IEEE Sections Congress.  He is widely known for “Moore’s Law,” which predicted that the number of components the industry would be able to place on a computer chip would double every year. Moore was selected “for pioneering technical roles in integrated-circuit processing, and leadership in the development of MOS memory, the microprocessor computer and the semiconductor industry.” The full list of 2008 IEEE Medal recipients is available on the IEEE Awards Web site.